Needlesports DEAL OF THE MONTH: La Sportiva Raptor Shoes - Men's and Women's

The Sportiva Raptor is a great all-rounder for running and crag approach. The shoe has a firm/stable midsole,fast drying lightweight uppers and a sticky rubber sole with excellent tread for grip in slippery conditions.

Some of our staff use (and really rate) the Raptor and are as likely to be seen wearing them half way up Scafell as heading down the pub - it is a good looking shoe!

Men's and Women's sizes are available including many half sizes.

If you are not sure on size give us a call.

Were £90.00 - now only £49.95 - free UK shipping

Men's La Sportiva Raptor, 161 kb
Women's La Sportiva Raptor, 77 kb

This is the product spec from Sportiva:

The Raptor is an excellent choice for neutral runners looking for a very sturdy, stable shoe in a lightweight package. The Raptor starts with the same basic platform as the über-popular Wildcat: both shoes feature the same medium/wide Tempo last, the same basic midsole specs, and the same TPU heel stabilizer clip.

The Raptor differs from the Wildcat in three significant ways:

  1. Instead of a very airy (and somewhat delicate) mesh upper, the Raptor's upper is made of a more rugged mesh, plus synthetic leather overlays. This adds protection and durability. The overlays also provide an anchor for the TPU lace cage.
  2. The Raptor does not have the 2.4mm EVA footbed cushion of the Wildcat, which is one of the main sources of the plush ride of the latter shoe. The result is a significantly firmer, and slightly lower, ride.
  3. The outsole of the Raptor is made of Frixon XF, whereas the Wildcat -- and all the rest of Sportiva's mountain running lineup -- features Frixion AT.

What's the difference? The XF compound is even stickier. (It is the same compound Sportiva uses in their approach shoes, and just one category short of what they use on their all-out climbing shoes.) Bottom line, the Raptor is a surprising shoe.

In most respects, it behaves much like shoes in the "tank" category: it has a very firm, stable ride, and offers enough protection for even the nastiest trail conditions. The medium-wide fit provides plenty of room for orthotics or swelling feet; the TPU lace cage balances this out by enabling a very snug fit around the mid-foot.

There's just one thing: unlike most tanks, the Raptor is a very, very light shoe, weighing, as it does, nearly the same as the Wildcat (roughly the same as the racy Fireblade and only slightly more than the Crosslite). The Raptor also happens to be the stickiest trail running shoe I've ever laced up -- an absolute joy on slickrock or other trail surfaces where grip is at a premium.

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